WITH the season drawing ever closer to its end, Dorchester Rugby Club have two big fixtures this weekend for both their first and second teams.

Dorchester’s first XV travel the short distance over the border into Somerset to face Yeovil in the Tribute Southern Counties South tomorrow (2.30pm).

In the reverse fixture, Dorchester struggled to look cohesive and suffered a 55-0 thrashing. They will be out to make amends for that blip in their season.

Josh Ovey makes a few changes to his side, with Dave Cottell returning to the front row alongside Scott Clarke who once again starts at hooker.

Alex Sharp and James Newsom partner in the second row, with Tom Gower and Oli Wills returning to the back row.

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Prolific points scorer Jamie Morgan returns in the centre along with speed merchant Brooke Legg on the wing.

Dorchester currently sit sixth in the table on 44 points with Yeovil one place above them on 46.

In Tribute Dorset & Wilts One South action, Weymouth & Portland travel to Bournemouth Thirds, while Bridport host Puddletown.

At Surcouf Park, Dorchester’s A XV head into a clash with Poole in the penultimate Tribute Dorset & Wilts Two South game of their campaign, (2.30pm).

Matt Fry picks a strong squad for the match with Tom Louch starting his first league game for the Dorchester at Prop alongside Alan Gale and Tom Lovell.

After a long term rib injury, Charlie Sharp returns to league action having come through 80 minutes last week in the Gladiators side.

Jamie Jackson and Josh Fletcher also return to the back row, with Lee King and Laurance Burch both adding experience from the bench.

Fry again looks to Rob Parker at fly-half to get the team moving forward with his superb kicking game.

Dorchester sit third in the league table on 35 points with Poole two place below them on 32.

With all to play for this will be highly contested game. Given Poole won the reverse fixture Dorchester will hope home advantage gives them the edge.

On Sunday, the club’s junior sides take centre stage with the under-sevens through to under-11s and under-15s all locking horns with Lytchett Minster.